Reverend Robert J. Boyle
Age 89, on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 of Pittsburgh. Reverend Robert J. Boyle was the son of the late Patrick J. and Agnes M. (Devlin) Boyle; and is survived by one brother, Jim (Kathy) from Cary, NC. He was predeceased by 11 of his sisters and brothers, Agnes, Joe (Monnie), Bill, Paul, Jean Becker, Rocky (Shirley), Ray (Kit), Knute, Tom (Maureen), Hank (Ruth), and Margie Studnicki. Undoubtedly, they are shuffling decks of cards and shining up their golf clubs as they welcome him to the afterlife. Fr. Boyle was also the beloved uncle of 52 nieces and nephews and hundreds of great-nieces/nephews. They will always remember his Irish wit and also his guidance and comfort in times of need. A graduate of St. Basil's Catholic Grade School and High School in Carrick, PA, Fr. Boyle attended Waynesburg University on a basketball scholarship for two years and then was drafted into the Army. After service to his country, he completed his priestly formation at St. Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, PA. Fr. Boyle was ordained to the Priesthood on May 4, 1963 by Bishop John Wright. For 54 years he faithfully served the people and the Diocese of Pittsburgh at the following parishes: St. Teresa of Avila, North Hills; St. John the Baptist, Lawrenceville, serving as Headmaster of Lawrenceville Catholic School; St. James Society in Chimbote, Peru; St. Bernard, Mt. Lebanon; St. Bernadette, Monroeville; founding Pastor at Good Shepherd, Braddock; Church of the Assumption, Bellevue; St. Francis of Assisi, Finleyville, and St. Isaac Jogues, Jefferson Hills. He retired from the diocese in 2017. Fr. Boyle also served as the Spiritual Director for the Diocesan Ladies of Charity, was a member of the Clergy Personnel Board, an elected member of the Priest's Benefit Plan Board, Dean of the Washington East Deanery, and Chaplain to various local hospitals. He served on the planning committee for the Chimbote Peru Annual Dinner and was a member of the Pittsburgh-Greensburg Fraternity of Priests. Second only to his devotion to the Lord, Fr. Boyle had a lifelong love of golf. From Oakmont to Pinehurst to Puerto Rico and all the way to Ireland, he enjoyed the pursuit of a perfect day on the links. He was happy to be on a golf course anytime with any companion, no matter their skill level. Fr. Boyle also loved his Pittsburgh sports teams, especially the Steelers. Funeral arrangements are as follows. Please understand that masks and social distancing guidelines must be adhered to. Friends will be received at the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME, INC., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood 15227 on Sunday from 2-6 p.m. Visitation on Monday, 9-10 a.m. in St. Benedict the Abbot Catholic Church, McMurray, PA, followed by 10:00 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial. Interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. The Funeral Mass will be live streamed and accessible at If desired, please send memorial donations in his name to The Chimbote Foundation, 2900 Noblestown Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15205 ( Please send condolences to